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America win Ryder Cup after amazing day at Hazeltine

Darren Clarke’s side fell short at Hazeltine.

Image: Charlie Riedel

TEAM USA HAVE regained the Ryder Cup.

It’s the first win for the Americans since 2008.

Ryan Moore two-putted on No 18 for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, giving the Americans a 15-10 lead that sealed the win over Europe.

The victory completed a two-year soul search for the Americans after they were routed in Gleneagles for a third straight defeat. They formed a task force to address the shortcomings and delivered an emphatic performance at Hazeltine.

The Americans needed just five points in the 12 singles matches Sunday.

The US wins started with Patrick Reed’s thrilling 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler edged Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker beat Andy Sullivan, Brooks Koepka routed Danny Willett and three matches were still being played.

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Davis Love III has skippered the hosts to a famous win at the second time of asking; he was captain in 2012 when Europe staged the so-called Miracle at Medinah.

European chief Darren Clarke meanwhile will reflect on the inclusion of an off-form Lee Westwood and the distractions around Danny Willett’s brother at the start of the week.

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